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Claire Ratinon
Mon 9 Jan 2012Link

Hi NY filmmakers!

Old School Films is looking for volunteer documentary filmmakers to mentor a team of three young students (ages 12-17) in an afterschool filmmaking program.

Each student will make one short film about an elderly person from their community. Students will learn everything from camera operation to interviewing skills, lighting, sound, producing and editing.

Classes meet from 4:30-6:30PM one day a week (either Monday or Wednesday) for 10 consecutive weeks starting in February.

If you're interested in finding out more about the program and how you can be a part of it, please email claire@oldschoolfilms.org

Thanks!

www.oldschoolfilms.org


Steve Deline
Thu 12 Jan 2012Link

Hey D-Word Community -

Seeking an enthusiastic FCP editor to take on at least one episode of a limited series doc project intended for public television. If you or someone you know might be a good fit, I'd love to get in touch or hear any and all recommendations!

The Film: "The Times of John McDonogh" (working title) tells the story of the startling bequest to education that a single eccentric millionaire made upon his death in 1850, how that bequest led, by 2006, to the creation of both some of the most blighted public schools and one of the most privileged private schools in the US and how, in the current tumultuous moment in education, each of these disparate schools is now fighting to either re-make itself or protect the things that made it strong in the first place.

Creatively, the aim is to interweave two distinct narrative approaches. First are the stories, told via verite footage, of specific teachers and students at five of the schools that still bear this founder's name and legacy today (two traditional public schools in New Orleans, two more newly-chartered public schools in New Orleans, and one private school in Baltimore) as they live and teach over the course of one pivotal school year. The second is the historical narrative of how these five schools evolved from one man's very specific, utopian vision to such contrasting places along our contemporary spectrum of education. With these two stories intertwined, the twists, turns, and questions raised along the way lead straight through many of the turning points of segregation, political gamesmanship, neglect, and socio-economic inequality that have shaped US schools from the beginning.

Project Status: The wealth of material involved is both blessing and curse. We shot, over the course of the school year we spent in the schools, 300 (!) hours of verite footage of (and interviews with) a select group of teachers, students, and administrators. What's more, there's a rich and surprising array of archival material about the history of the schools to pull from, much of it already gathered together by the production. But there is also a very clear plan. Every inch of the footage is meticulously logged, all of the interviews are thoroughly sub-clipped and labelled, and a paper script outline is in place for the series from start to finish, scene by scene, both for the compelling contemporary characters and the historical narratives, and the ways they might well intermix. We have a work-in-progress-trailer (I can send it to you upon request) and there's a rough assembly of most of the first episode.

What We're Looking For: Over the next five months, our goal is to edit as many episodes of the series as we can manage (at minimum three, with the other three to follow thereafter). Though we could work with someone who could only foreseeably tackle one. To date, all of the editing work has been done by me, the beleaguered, lone gunman producer/director, and while my enthusiasm for the material runneth over, I am neither a very good, nor particularly fast, editor, nor do I have the distance from the material that would probably help the process most at this point. So we're seeking a sharp editor who'd be excited about helping shape this kaleidoscope of specific stories into something awesome. While I'm working on a first-time indie doc-maker's meager budget, I'm not expecting someone to work for free either, so we could talk more about what might make sense for a rate in the short term. Grant writing will soon be in progress. I'm in Los Angeles, and would prefer to work with someone local, though I wouldn't rule out other arrangements. The editor would need their own FC7 system. My hunch is this would not be the right undertaking for a first-time feature doc editor, considering the expansive and interlocking nature of the raw material (not to mention my own green-ness). But someone with a practiced hand and eye would, I suspect, find the way well-paved for a really rewarding collaboration, no ego involved. More than anything, I hope to find someone (this is starting to sound like a dreamy-eyed singles ad) who is passionate about social documentary storytelling, curious about looking at the same subject from different angles, and excited about young people, teachers, and the inner lives of schools.

If you'd like to find out more, or recommend someone, I'd love to hear from you. I'm at stephen.deline(at)gmail(dot)com or 410-960-2098. Thanks!

Edited Thu 12 Jan 2012 by Steve Deline

Marcia Jarmel
Fri 13 Jan 2012Link

PatchWorks Films is seeking a Distribution and Admin Support Intern!

PatchWorks Films (www.patchworksfilms.net) is a San Francisco-based production and distribution company making documentaries that explore contemporary social issues via intimate character stories, while forming innovative partnerships with key stakeholders. Our award-winning documentaries have been broadcast worldwide and have screened at theaters, film festivals, schools, universities, museums, libraries and community events. Our last film “Speaking In Tongues” (www.speakingintonguesfilm.info) broadcast on PBS stations across the country last fall, and we are deep into our next film “Got Balz?” (www.gotbalzfilm.info) about a boy’s struggle to donate baseball equipment to kids in Cuba despite the U.S. embargo.

We are seeking an unpaid intern to work in our office (Richmond district, San Francisco) 5-10 hours per week for approx. 6 months, helping us finish our new film and distribute “Speaking In Tongues” and our other titles. There may be some assistant editing work but the majority of the work is assistant producing. This is a great opportunity to learn about the real work life of an independent filmmaker (10% production, 90% producing), while contributing to films that have impact and exposure.

Duties and responsibilities:
• Database management & data entry (knowledge of Filemaker a plus!)
• Internet and sales research
• Social media and website management
• Generic admin and office duties such as mailing, shipping, filing, and record-keeping
• Errands and other miscellaneous tasks that come up in the course of things.

Required skills and abilities:
• Mac fluency and working knowledge of MS Office programs
• Strong communication and writing skills
• Accurate and swift data entry
• Ability to work well with PatchWorks’ diverse staff and independent contractors
• Web savvy
• Working knowledge and/or interest of and in social media
• Detail and deadline oriented
• Great organizational skills
• Focused problem-solving (macro and micro attention)
• Super-reliable, committed, and trustworthy with confidential information.

Extra-desirable qualities:
• Can bring your own Mac laptop (some work may be done from home as well)
• Have a valid CA driver’s license (having your own car is a plus but not necessary)
• Have a desire to do what it takes to get great documentaries made and seen

Please send a LETTER OF INTEREST in addition to your RESUME to pwfilmssfo[at]gmail[dot]com with all requests directed to Rebecca Chan.

Explain what you are looking for in an internship and why you think you are a good match for PatchWorks.

College credit is available; ask your school.
No phone calls, please.


Daniel Gilbert
Mon 16 Jan 2012Link

Hello! I'm currently working on a fantastic project for PBS – part of which was shot in Cambodia – and I need a few qualified Khmer translators to help us out in the edit room. Ideally, we need someone based in NY, but we can also send out footage if need be. Fully paid @ a very competitive rate.

If you know anyone, please write me back at dan[at]showofforce[dot]com

Thank you!


Kate Juanengo
Thu 19 Jan 2012Link

We're Hosting 3 Film Distribution Panels 1/24 in Park City!

If you're at Sundance, stop by for any or all of our 3 exciting panels at the Silver King Hotel in Park City.

Panel 1: Documentary Distribution:
What Are the Best Opportunities Available for Your Film?
10:00am – 11:30am

Film distribution strategies have changed dramatically in today's fast paced market. Join a panel of industry experts and learn about the best options available for marketing and distributing your film. Panelist include: Peter Broderick, Christina Rogers, Mat Levy, Andrew Mer, Sarafina DiFelice, & Anna Darrah. Read bios below. Topics include:

How can niche films find profitable audiences?
The pros & cons of new digital outlets.
Why are DVD sales still the largest source of revenue for most films?
How do I find an educational distributor that's right for my film?
How to set up a paid speaking tour.
How & where can I set up community screenings or "theatrical events"?

Panel 2: Using Social Media to Supercharge Your Film's Distribution Plan!
1:00pm – 2:30pm

It's no surprise that many distributors and filmmakers depend on social media channels to promote their film. But is anyone listening? Are clicks resulting in sales? If you're new to social media marketing or looking for new ideas to improve your existing campaigns, come attend this savvy interactive social media marketing workshop and learn the following from industry experts Allen Chou and Diana Iles Parker:

Revenue opportunities for your film.
Building audiences & buzz!
Developing your NEW influential & authoritative status.
How to develop endless content ideas for your Twitter and Facebook campaigns.
Finding your target audience.
How to use lesser-known but still effective platforms to broaden the reach of your social media strategies.

Panel 3: Didn't Get Into Sundance? No Worries.
Learn How to Go Beyond Big Name Festivals to Secure Distribution
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Every year, thousands of films are not accepted into Sundance, yet many still become BIG hits. Learn from industry experts on how the former "Plan B" of distribution could surprise you as being your NEW "Plan A"! Panelist include: Brian Newman, Mat Levy, Josh Levin, Mike Grice, & Michael Tuckman.

Why films can still be highly successful without any major festival exposure.
What other factors do distributors consider beyond being an "official selection".
Securing theatrical distribution – Is it worth the expense?
How can a publicist or social meida campaign help?
Building a fan base with every festival appearance.
The pro's & con's of DIY self-distribution. Decision time?

For more details and to order your tickets in advance, visit: http://filmdistributionpanel.eventbrite.com/

*Enter promo code "DWORD" and receive a discount at check out!

Edited Thu 19 Jan 2012 by Kate Juanengo

goro toshima
Sat 21 Jan 2012Link

hi all,

does anybody know where/from whom i can rent an EX-3 in chicago?

i'd prefer to rent from d-worder if possible.

thanks for any/all suggestions.

goro

Edited Sat 21 Jan 2012 by goro toshima

Richard Lipman
Sat 21 Jan 2012Link

Seeking an Assistant Director (£360 per week) and Sound person (£330 per week) for a small crew indie crime thriller feature film in London


Steve Holmgren
Mon 23 Jan 2012Link

Everything You Want To Know About Transmedia Storytelling But Are Afraid To Ask!

Transmedia Workshop at UNIONDOCS.

Sunday, January 29th at 4:00pm, $20 suggested donation.
322 Union Ave, Brooklyn NY

Join Designer Takaaki Okada (ConditionONE), game designer Nick Fortugno (Diner Dash), new media strategist Brian Newman (sub-genre), filmmakers Amam Ali and Bassam Tariq (30 Mosques), in conversation with producer and strategist John Bruce (Forward Mapworks).

UnionDocs is a non-profit center for documentary arts based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY.

For more details and to purchase tickets, check out the event post here:

http://www.uniondocs.org/january-29-2012-transmedia-storytelling/


J. Clay Tweel
Mon 23 Jan 2012Link

Hey D-Word people,
I'm looking for a camera person in Omaha, NE. Anyone got a contact there that I could reach out to?
I prefer if they have their own equipment and it would be super if it were panasonic, but not essential.

Contact me at claytweel.alt@gmail.com

Thanks!


Matt Marxteyn
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

The Red Rock Film Festival still has plenty of room in the Documentary Featurette and Documentary Short-Short categories as well as the Young Filmmaker Documentary, Documentary Feature and Documentary Short standards. But, of course, it's not until November. https://www.withoutabox.com/login/4410


Edna Alburquerque
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

Hi –

We're a small documentary film company with 3-5 people is looking to sublet some furnished space in Brooklyn or Manhattan – possibly long term.

Ideally, we'd like one room with a door we can use as an edit suite (we have our own system) and 2-3 desks either in an adjacent office or open space.

We're losing our current space on Feb 1, so we'd like to move as soon as possible.

Please contact Edna at 212.367.8475 x 111 or ealburquerque[at]panglossfilms[dot]com


Steve Holmgren
Thu 26 Jan 2012Link

The Guga Hunters of Ness with Mike Day

Saturday, February 4th at 7:30pm, $9 suggested donation.

Join director Mike Day and writer Jennifer Merin (About.com) for a screening of his documentary "The Guga Hunters of Ness" at UnionDocs.

“A gorgeously shot documentary feature that takes viewers into the heart of this ancient tradition, celebrating its longevity and lamenting its decline without once being patronizing, overly worthy or dull. The Guga Hunters Of Ness is poetic, haunting, its beautiful imagery making it hard to look away.” – EYE FOR FILM

UnionDocs is a non-profit center for documentary arts based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY.

For more details and to purchase tickets, check out the event post here:

http://www.uniondocs.org/february-4-2012-the-guga-hunters-of-ness-with-mike-day/

Edited Thu 26 Jan 2012 by Steve Holmgren

Oren Jacoby
Thu 26 Jan 2012Link

PRODUCTION OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE TO RENT NEAR TIMES SQUARE, NYC

  • MONTH-TO-MONTH LEASE ONLY **

CONTACT FILMS[at]STORYVILLE.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION

Package 1: Office + Optional Desks: $1500/month each
– two approx 115 square feet offices available (see attached pdf for details)
– each office comes with optional access to a discount on desks in the main room for $325/month each

Package 2: Desks Only: $1500/month for 4 desks
– must rent in groups of four
– each workstation comes with bookshelf, filing cabinet, drawer, chair

ALL PRICES INCLUDE:
- unlimited printing in black & white, color printing within reason
- unlimited phone (local + domestic long distance) and internet
- utilities
- cleaning service
- shared kitchen
- 24/7 access

  • Storyville also has full FCPro and AVID Media Composer workstations and camera equipment available for rent. Please ask for more details **


Nick Verbitsky
Thu 26 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Daniel Gilbert's post on Mon 16 Jan 2012 :

Dan, I'd recommend InterNation very highly.....Eric Derkatsch is the guy there.....Internation.com


Stephen Grynberg
Sat 28 Jan 2012Link

Im a Documentary Filmaker (www.alifeascending.com) four weeks from launching the film on DVD and itunes and I just lost the person managing the website, ecommerce, and digital marketing. Looking to hire someone or more than one person immedietely to help with some
website changes (wordpress) to connect and test the shopping cart (1shopping cart) and someone to keep the social media and online marketing campaign on track to launch date and past.

Please post or send an email to me at sgryny@yahoo.com.

Thanks for your help

stephen


gabriella kessler
Mon 30 Jan 2012Link

Hi everyone,

I'm currently in Houston shooting some material for a documentary I'm making about the radio program, the Prison Show.

I'm looking for a PA for a few hours this week to help with some tracking shots. Depending on the weather (rain is predicted), either Thursday, Friday or Saturday. There is pay.

If anyone has any recommendations I'd be most appreciative.
You can email me at gabriella.kessler@gmail.com

Many thanks,
Gabriella


Steve Holmgren
Mon 30 Jan 2012Link

UNIONDOCS WORKSHOP: Can Documentaries Change the World? Assessing, Funding, and Harnessing the Social Impact of Nonfiction Film

Sunday, February 12th at 4:00pm, $15

Filmmaker and activist Judith Helfand (Everything's Cool), philanthropist and filmmaker Abigail Disney (Pray the Devil Back to Hell), and Debika Shome (The Harmony Institute), in conversation with distributor Caitlin Boyle (Film Sprout), as they explore the promise and potential of documentary to effect social change.

UnionDocs is a non-profit center for documentary arts based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY.

For more details and to purchase tickets, check out the event post here:

http://www.uniondocs.org/february-12-2012-can-documentaries-change-the-world/


Margaret Longley
Tue 31 Jan 2012Link

Looking to rent an HDV deck or camera (in Seattle) 1/31/12 or 2/1/12 to capture a couple tapes. margaretlongley[at]gmail[dot]com

Thanks,
Margaret


goro toshima
Thu 2 Feb 2012Link

HPX 170 for sale.

one owner, 755 hours, excellent condition.

comes w:
-64/32/16 GB P2 cards
-hard petrol bag
-clear and polarizing filter
-4 batteries
-manual/barry green manual
-all accessories
-original box, if wanted

$3000

prefer LA buyer...if any questions, please email at:
goroto22(at)hotmail(dot)com.

thanks.
goro


Andrew Zinnes
Fri 3 Feb 2012Link

The Documentary Summit Washington D.C. MARCH 10th and 11th, 2012

London's successful Documentary Summit is coming to Washington DC on March 10th and 11th, 2012. This intensive 2 day event is hosted by the authors of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook in association with The Documentary Center at The George Washington University.

The 2 days are filled with panels that will take you through EVERY step of the process including storytelling, fundraising, cutting edge filmmaking techniques, distribution, and social media strategies. Our visiting documentary experts include successful & critically acclaimed filmmakers and producers, commissioning editors, foundation directors, social media gurus, DSLR and HD experts, as well as distributors and online platform Dynamo Player's founder, Rob Millis.

For more information and to book tickets, go to www.documentarysummit.com and click Washington DC. Early bird price for the 2 day event is only $99 (normally $149) until February 10th. Seating is limited so book now!

www.documentarysummit.com/washington-d-c/


Gillian Klempner Willman
Mon 6 Feb 2012Link

Looking to rent a DVC Pro deck to digitize some tapes shot on DVC-Pro 50. Does anyone know of any affordable rentals in the DC/MD/VA area? Or of places that would give an indie filmmaker a deal on digitizing 7-8 tapes to a drive? Thanks!


Felix Endara
Mon 6 Feb 2012Link

DocuClub in February!

Our next DocuClub screening will take place on Thursday, February 23, at 7p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette (at Walker).

This month, we will screen a rough cut of "Miracle on 42nd Street" by Alice Elliot. The film documents the unique apartment complex called Manhattan Plaza located in Manhattan’s historic theatre district, a neighborhood also known as Hell’s Kitchen. Located on the block between 42nd and 43rd Streets, it is often called the “Miracle on 42nd Street” due to the near-miraculous effect the complex has had on the once-blighted neighborhood and on the lives of its residents. Seventy percent of the occupants work in the performing arts and thirty percent are Hell’s Kitchen residents who are elderly, disabled or have been relocated from substandard housing. The film tells the story of how this innovative affordable housing experiment came to be, the artists it has nurtured, the close community its residents and management have created and the positive impact it has had on the economy of Manhattan’s West Side. By making this film, the filmmakers want to tell the story of the pioneering people, community leaders, government and business people who joined together to resurrect a blighted neighborhood. To watch a trailer of the film, please go to: http://miracleon42ndstreet.org/home.

Director Alice Elliott is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker whose films are dedicated to celebrating the role of community activism in elevating the quality of people’s lives.

Producer Mary Jo Slater was an original tenant of Manhattan Plaza. As a working single mother, she was able to launch a successful career as an award-winning casting director while also supporting the career of her son, actor Christian Slater.

Producer Nancy Perkins lived in Manhattan Plaza in the 1980s along with her actor husband, Ron Perkins, where she began a successful career in casting, rising to become head of casting at Universal Television Studios for fourteen years.

Editor/Producer Lisa Shreve has lived in Manhattan Plaza since the building opened and resides there today, working as an editor of award-winning documentary and narrative films.

Producer Erika Lockridge of Bahr Productions has joined on as a producer because of her belief in the Manhattan Plaza concept of affordable housing.

Producer Cindy Cowan is currently producing the feature "Red Lights" (starring Robert DeNiro).

Our moderator will be Caitlin Boyle. A leading champion of grassroots and community distribution for independent films, Boyle is the architect of national screening and audience outreach initiatives for dozens of feature documentaries, including "King Corn," "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," "The End of the Line," "A Small Act" and "Bag It." Previously on staff at NPR affiliates WFIU and WFUV and PBS affiliate Thirteen/WNET, she is a graduate of Columbia University and the Indiana University Graduate School of Journalism. Her workshops and presentations have rallied filmmakers at SXSW, Hot Docs, Independent Film Week, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. She serves on the board of Brooklyn documentary arts center UnionDocs, and on the advisory board of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Research Institute for the Advancement of Cinema Arts and Commerce. To learn more about her film services, visit: www.filmsprout.org.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to docuclub@artsengine.net.

Admission at DCTV is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.
Tickets will be sold at the door, cash only.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No admittance after 7:15 p.m.

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

http://www.artsengine.net/store/items/docuclub_membership_individual_rate

Follow us on Twitter!
Stay abreast of DocuClub’s latest: twitter.com/docuclub.


Cary McQueen Morrow
Tue 7 Feb 2012Link

Hello filmmakers! My nonprofit is launching a new short (very short... 5 min. and less) film competition on the topic of mental health. The winning film will be used in our education, advocacy and field-building work on college campuses and nonprofits around the U.S., plus win $1,000 award for future work.

I hope some of you will consider putting something together for this. The quality of the work will really determine the caliber of nonprofit partners we can attract, and I know we've got some heavyweights on this list! We already have some pretty major players (national NGOs) interested in using the films in their work – assuming it's well done. In many ways this is about using your film to create positive change through dialogue.

If you have comments, or questions, please get in touch: cary [at] artwithimpact.org and more info is on our website: artwithimpact.org


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 7 Feb 2012Link

Washington DC-area folks, Docs In Progress has two programs this week:

Thursday, February 9 from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Takoma Park Community Center (7500 Maple Avenue in Takoma Park, MD)
We'll be screening a documentary by one of our alums, Lillie Paquette. WE ARE EGYPT looks at the story behind the story of 2011's Arab Spring. The 85-minute film showcases Egypt’s passionate democracy activists who toiled for years before seeing success from their sacrifice. It is an account of their struggle against extraordinary odds to remove an uncompromising authoritarian regime determined to stay in power. Following the screening, filmmaker Lillie Paquette will answer questions about the film. This is a free community screening and no tickets are required. More info at http://docsinprogress.org/events/38/free-alumni-screening-of-we-are-egypt/

Sunday, February 12 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Goethe Institut (812 Seventh Street, NW Washington DC)
We'll be offering a special Docs In Progress work-in-progress screening at the Our City Film Festival. This is an opportunity to provide feedback on story and character development to a documentary filmmaker presenting a not-quite-finished version of a film while you also support the festival’s sponsor Yachad, a nonprofit dedicated to affordable housing and community development in Washington DC. The rough cut being screened is Ellie Walton's FLY BY LIGHT which follows a group of DC high school students as they go through a transformational journey in the mountains of West Virginia. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered through Our City Film Festival's website

We'll also be at the Center for Social Media's Media That Matters Conference on Friday and Saturday and hope to see many of you there.

Edited Tue 7 Feb 2012 by Erica Ginsberg

Mikal Jakubal
Wed 8 Feb 2012Link

For sale:

Two 60GB Panasonic P2 Stores $225 each. (No power cords.)

Two Porta Brace carrying cases $30 each. Each case holds two P2 Stores.

mjakubal at gmail dot com.


Kevin Hallagan
Wed 8 Feb 2012Link

Hey Everybody! My name is Kevin Hallagan. I am a cinema student but my goal is to become a documentary filmmaker. Do you know of any Independent documentary filmmakers who are looking for an assistant this summer or wouldn't mind having a shadow? I have earned a lot academically and I am a videographer for my university, but I am looking for some in-field experience this summer because I know I haven't learned a lot of things I'll need to know if I'm going to dive into filmmaking right out of college.

so... is anyone looking for some helping hands?

Thanks everybody!
Good luck on your endeavors
– Kevin Hallagan
K.R.Hallagan@gmail.com


Laura Heckman
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

Call for Entries!

A&E and the New York TV Fest seeking treatments for original unscripted TV shows;
 Five finalist projects will receive development funding from the network with one winner earning $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in pilot production. FREE to enter. More info below and at http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ae_pipeline.html
 
The A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline 
A&E Network and the New York Television Festival are back with the second installment of an innovative program seeking original unscripted television treatments from independent producers and doc production companies. 
 
To submit:
The A&E network is seeking submissions that focus on big characters in exciting and fresh worlds that are highly entertaining and of the moment. Producers must include:
* A short treatment (1-2 pages) describing their original unscripted format
* A brief video (2-4 minutes) introducing the subject(s).
 
Awards:

  • 25 semi-finalists will be presented to A&E development executives. All semi-finalists are invited to participate in the 2012 New York Television Festival, Oct 22-27, as Official Artists (details below).
  • Five finalists, selected by A&E, will receive notes on their projects and $2,500 to shoot additional tape.
  • One winner, selected by A&E, will be awarded $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in pilot production.  
    Deadline: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 (noon)
    Free to enter.
    Visit: http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ae_pipeline.html
     
    Additional opportunities for Semi-Finalists:
    Official Semi-Finalists will be invited to participate as Official Artists at the 2012 New York Television Festival in NYC in October, with exclusive access to:
    *Participate in NYTVF Pitch, offering guaranteed development deals from:
 Bio Channel, Hasbro Studios, Logo, SevenOne International, Sundance Channel, Channel 4


    *Network, meet and collaborate with over forty U.S.-based television networks, studios, agencies, fellow TV creators and MORE.

Full details about the NYTVF Artist Experience here: http://www.nytvf.com/artists.html



Want to participate in these exclusive Artist-Only programs? Only NYTVF Official Artists are invited to take part, so submit to one of NYTVF's current initiatives now!
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NYTVF is also accepting entries to:
The 2012 Independent Pilot Competition


Greg Vander Veer
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

Regarding the ad above, I"m curios as to what other people think about this. Although it does seem like an interesting contest, from what I can tell after reading their rules/regulations, it appears that basically by entering the contest you are forfeiting any right to your concept and material and that A&E can basically take whatever they want and don't owe you anything for it. So by doing this contest, they potentially get the rights to thousands of concepts and only have to pay $10,000 to a winner who will be able to "participate" in the production of a pilot but also, from what I can tell, will actually not have any right to their concept.


Niam Itani
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

There are many "contests" like this, Greg. Many people still submit.


Jason Osder
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

Also, when one submits cold to Discovery, for instance, you basically have to sign something similar before anyone will look at your stuff. From their point of view, they get thousands of submissions, many for ideas that look pretty similar to each other, and would rather be protected from what they see as reasonable-looking, but actually not, stolen ideas. Particularly if the submitted does not have an industry track record.


Marj Safinia
Sat 11 Feb 2012Link

IDA's DocuDay is almost here. An all-day orgy of documentary deliciousness featuring back to back screenings of all the nominated shorts and features. Happening in LA and NY. LA screenings feature the filmmakers and subjects in attendance. You can buy a single tickets or an all-day pass. It's a heap of fun.

2/25 in Los Angeles
2/25--2/26 in New York


David Lasdon
Mon 13 Feb 2012Link

Story Consultant needed – After working on my political documentary for 4 years, I realize that I need someone experienced with fresh eyes who help shape what I've put together into an exciting must watch documentary. Since this is a political documentary, the subject matter won't be for everyone, as I'm telling a story, not pushing an agenda.

Pay would be in some combination of salary and equity. This is an independent film, however, so keep that in mind. DBLasdon AT ca.rr dot com


Marj Safinia
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

On Monday night in LA, I'll be moderating a special International Documentary Association Doc U dedicated to the pursuit of the little golden man, and how the Academy's new Oscar rules might change that lovequest in the coming year. Join me and Steve Pond (The Wrap), Dana Harris (IndieWire), James Moll (AMPAS) and Dusty Smith (Roadside Attractions) at Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theatre on Monday at 7:30pm. I plan to ask a lot of questions :)


Jill Morley
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

Sounds good. Is there a D-Word promotional code? IF not, no probs!


Marj Safinia
Wed 15 Feb 2012Link

Nope. But $15 if you're an IDA member. You ARE an IDA member, right Jill? Not that I'll fight with you over it, but ya know...


Laura Heckman
Thu 16 Feb 2012Link

In reply to Laura Heckman's post on Fri 9 Dec 2011 :

Don't Miss Out! Deadlines are fast approaching for both initiatives! Submit Now!

Call for Entries! The New York Television Festival is seeking original, independently produced TV pilots for the UK Section of their Independent Pilot Competition. Warner Bros. International Television Production and Fox Television Studios, in conjunction with Apostle, are each offering development opportunities exclusively to UK producers through the competition! Submissions should be 4-22 minutes in length – more info here: http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ipc_london.htm


Rachael Morrison
Fri 17 Feb 2012Link

DP and Sound Needed in Minneapolis, MN in July, 2012

I will be shooting a series of interviews in Minneapolis for a week in July. Not sure of the specific dates quite yet. The film is about a blind telephone hacker, who spent the last part of his life (he passed away in 2007) living in Minneapolis.

Please send me an email if you are interested with links to work, previous experience, whether you own equipment and if so what.

Feel free to post elsewhere.

rachael[dot]morrison[at]gmail[dot]com


Douglas Blush
Sat 18 Feb 2012Link

Award winning editor/writer/producer/director Doug Blush (that's me!) is offering up documentary project consultations on Kickstarter to support our latest film, OF TWO MINDS. Two different levels of consultation, that also come with lots of other goodies, in the rewards section of our campaign page here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/of2minds/of-two-minds

Five time Sundance filmmaker, multiple Tribecas and SXSWs, PBS, HBO, and network films, nine theatrical releases...I can help your film too! Please pass this on to friends' projects also...join us and help out our new film, premiering soon!

Best,
Doug Blush


Darren Coyle
Mon 20 Feb 2012Link

I am a tv producer working in unscripted tv in DC. I have been making a podcast about the creators of unscripted film and tv called "The Real Stuff". It's direct, one-on-one interviews. You can listen for free on my site www.darrencoyle.com or you can subscribe on iTunes for free. Please give it a try, and if you like it tell a friend. It relies on word of mouth. I think most people who go to this site will want to check it out!!


Marj Safinia
Mon 20 Feb 2012Link

Last minute tickets are still available for tonight's IDA/DOC U event in Los Angeles. We'll be discussing the Academy Award for Documentary, and the new rule changes. How will they affect the environment for doc makers? What were the problems they were trying to solve, and do the new rules actually address them, or make them worse.

Join me and Steve Pond (The Wrap), Dana Harris (IndieWire), James Moll (AMPAS) and Dusty Smith (Roadside Attractions) at Cinefamily @ The Silent Movie Theatre on Monday at 7:30pm.

I've also now secured a D-Word discount for the event. You can buy tickets at http://doc-u-feb-20.eventbrite.com/?discount=DWORDDOCU and enter the discount code DWORDDOCU.


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Tue 21 Feb 2012Link

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Nina Gilden Seavey
Tue 21 Feb 2012Link

The Documentary Center at George Washington University is currently recruiting for the position of Executive Associate to the Director.

The role of the Executive Associate at The Documentary Center is an exceptionally important one. This position acts as the right hand, and frequently on behalf of, the Center Director. We are a small office but have a very large mandate, which is to teach documentary production, to host screening exhibitions, and to produce award-winning films for international audiences.

Ranked as one of the top ten documentary programs in the nation, it is the responsibility of the Executive Associate to maintain the standards and presence of The Documentary Center to many and varied communities. The person in the position has daily responsibilities for the administrative and fiduciary organization of the Center, responds to inquiries from potential students and manages our admissions process for The Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, oversees our digital production and post-production technologies as our students move through the Institute process, plans and executes all screening and special events that frequently include partnerships with embassies, film festivals and other academic institutions, conducts all of our social media, marketing, advertising, and promotional campaigns, manages our web presence, and provides general assistance in the support of Documentary Center films and distribution.

The ideal candidate is someone who has superior writing and organizational skills, with a strong foundation in social media, website, digital media and post-production technologies and applications, can manage many kinds of projects at the same time and who can work well independently.

The position is full-time, compensation is between $40,000-$45,000 with full health, dental, and tuition benefits.

In order to apply go to: https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/7392

The position is listed as an Executive Support Assistant III in the Center for History in the Media (now known as The Documentary Center)

No phone calls, please


Will Kreth
Tue 21 Feb 2012Link

Hi D-Word Community-

First met Doug Block in Thom Power's Documentary Producing class at NYU last year and I'm glad to be here.

Anyway, we all know the power of a really great doc trailer as a calling-card to open doors and build production teams – so we're looking for a editor / "trailer doctor" in NYC to re-cut our 10min trailer down to less than 3 min (see link to YT). The doc is called "Get It All Out" – and it's a story about the power of a long-lost music songbook to survive decades in the hearts and minds of those who first heard it and made it. It's cross-platform project that includes a feature, an album, an eBook and a 10 piece orchestra (down from 13 last year, due to market conditions).

Give it a look and let us know what you think by sending along an email to info(at)mediagroove(dot)com with your CV/resume, experience and links to your previous editing work.

Thanks!

Will

www.getitalloutmovie.com

Edited Wed 22 Feb 2012 by Doug Block

Doug Block
Wed 22 Feb 2012Link

Hey, Will, glad to see you made it here. I edited your post only to change your email address (spelling out the "at" and "dot"). Since this is a public topic, you'd be subjected to spammers, otherwise.


Will Kreth
Thu 23 Feb 2012Link

Thanks, Doug – forgot about that! I hope to see you at DIY Days this year.


Doug Block
Thu 23 Feb 2012Link

Love DIY Days, so hope to go again this year. Have they announced when it is?


Angela Alston
Fri 24 Feb 2012Link

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 101
I Made a Film, Now What?
Mar. 22, 6-10 pm, New York City

This is a hands-on workshop for independent filmmakers. We'll provide you with the tools for creating a working outreach plan. You'll leave with the draft of your outreach outline, the basic building block for your film's campaign. Come prepared to engage!

Subjects covered

core audience
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partnerships
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case histories

Limit: 12 participants.

Requirements: laptop equipped for wifi; a film you're working on (at any stage)

Note: If space is still available, registration at the door will be $100 for members of partner organizations/students/seniors and $125 for the general public.

NYC Partner Organizations: I Can Still Do That Foundation, Shooting People NY, D-Word.

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Bill Kerrigan
Tue 28 Feb 2012Link

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Will Kreth
Tue 28 Feb 2012Link

Doug – Sorry for missing your reply – DIY Days is THIS SATURDAY, March 3rd. Same location as last year – New School. http://diydays.com/


Doug Block
Tue 28 Feb 2012Link

Urgh, wish I knew sooner. Just committed to something else on Saturday.


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